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A model for colour pattern formation in the butterfly wing of Papilio dardanus.

Abstract:

The butterfly Papilio dardanus is well known for the spectacular phenotypic polymorphism in the female of the species. We show that numerical simulations of a reaction diffusion model on a geometrically accurate wing domain produce spatial patterns that are consistent with many of those observed on the butterfly. Our results suggest that the wing coloration is due to a simple underlying stripe-like pattern of some pigment-inducing morphogen. We focus on the effect of key factors such as param...

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10.1098/rspb.2000.1081

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Sekimura, T More by this author
Madzvamuse, A More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Mathematical Inst
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Mathematical Inst
Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society
Volume:
267
Issue:
1446
Pages:
851-859
Publication date:
2000-05-05
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:a4e32c34-bdde-4e13-bc3f-a606be265a7f
Source identifiers:
18640
Local pid:
pubs:18640

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